League Division 1 - Match 29 of 30
(Previously Postponed on Boxing Day Thursday 26th December 1963)
Kick Off 7:00pm
1. Kel Coslett, 2. Peter Harvey, 3. Cen Williams, 4. Bryan
Todd, 5. Len Killeen, 6. Wilf Smith, 7. Alex Murphy, 8. John Tembey, 9. Bob Dagnall, 10. John Warlow, 11. Ray
French, 12. Mervyn Hicks, 13. Doug Laughton.
Len Killeen 2, Mervyn Hicks, Alex Murphy
Goals: Kel Coslett 4, Alex Murphy 1
A second loss in a month to the enemy put the fatal hammer blow
into Wigan's title challenge. They had taken the lead with a try from Trevor
Lake for 3-0 but Saints soon hit back with a two penalty goals from Kel
Coslett and a Drop Goal from Alex Murphy putting them 6-3 ahead. Laurie
Gilfedder then reduced that to 6-5 with a penalty for Wigan just before the
break. The game breaker would come in the 50th minute with a bit of magic
from Murphy seeing Len Killeen claim a try for Saints. That was quickly
followed with a try from Murphy himself and a conversion from Coslett to
this try made it 14-5 to Saints. That spell would lay the platform for
Saints to inflict a damaging defeat on Wigan. Rivals Swinton now had six matches in hand and
just needed to win four of them to over-haul Wigan for the title.
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